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Scholarships & Grants

The Culinary Trust, IACP's philanthropic foundation, provides more than 20 scholarships, grants, and other professional development opportunities each year to help both emerging and established culinary professionals expand their skills and pursue their passions. 

2015 Richard Sax "Food Action" Grant

The Culinary Trust is now accepting letters of interest for its 2015 Richard Sax Food Action Grant. This IACP member-founded grant is awarded each year to an organization doing work in the area of the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference host city. In 2015 our conference will be held in Washington, D.C., March 27-30. Letters of interest will be accepted through Friday, August 29.

We seek to award our Food Action Grant to an organization whose mission includes serving people who are affected by hunger, lack of healthy food access, homelessness or prejudice. Eligibility as determined by the grant's original funders includes that the organization demonstrate broad community outreach, and in recent years our recipients have incorporated food access/hunger relief with nutrition education and community building.

The grant amount each year is determined by two factors: the amount donated by IACP members, in combination with contributions by the grant's founders. We guarantee our selected recipient a minimum award of $5000.

If this grant opportunity sounds to be a good fit for a Washington, D.C. you know or work with, and you would like to be considered, we ask that you send us a letter of interest, up to 2 pages, explaining:
1) How your organization's work fits the criteria of the grant as described above
2) Your vision for best use of the $5000
3) How significant this grant would be to your organization, and how much it would positively impact the community you serve.

The deadline to submit your letter of interest is Friday, August 29, 2014.  Click here to email your LOI to executive director Laura Atkinson.

For more information about the Richard Sax Food Action Grart, click here.  To learn more about The Culinary Trust, visit their website or email: info@theculinarytrust.org


The 2015-16 Scholarships, Grants, and Professional Development program

Scholarship, grant, and internship applications will open in January 2015 for these categories: 

  • Professional Development Internships: Designed to help emerging culinary professionals learn about and take action on critical issues in the world of food. 
  • Julia Child Independent Study Grants: Two awards available for study, research, and writing focusing on French cuisine and culinary traditions.
  • Professional Development Tuition Credit Scholarships: To support the furthering of formal culinary education.

Chefs Move to Schools

Applications for Chefs Move to Schools grants will open again in the first quarter of 2015.
Click here
to learn our requirements and familiarize yourself with our application form.

Application Deadline: TBA

The Chefs Move to Schools Grant provides funds for culinary professionals to help our children eat right by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking. Funds can be used from garden to table, and culinary professionals may seek funding for any program that promotes health and wellness in schools. For example, the grant may be used to plant a garden, teach a class, promote or create a wellness program for students or parents, or assist in creating a school curriculum that focuses on healthy eating. In order to qualify, the grant applicant must have the support of the school principal and, in some cases, additional school personnel. Title I schools will be given preference.

This grant is designed to support volunteer efforts by culinary professionals in public schools that serve children living at or below the poverty level. Awards up to $1500 are intended not pay for volunteer hours but to defray a wide range of expenses, including food costs, garden supplies, educational materials, and other out-of-pocket costs for volunteers.

Culinary professionals who seek to implement projects in a public school may apply for funding from The Culinary Trust by downloading and completing the application and submitting with required attachments by email to Laura Atkinson, Executive Director, at laura@theculinarytrust.org or by regular mail the to: The Culinary Trust P.O. Box 5485 Portland, OR 97228

Applications will be considered quarterly with the next application deadline to be announced in the first quarter of 2015. The Culinary Trust strives to make decisions within 30 days of the application deadline. For more information please email laura@theculinarytrust.org

The California Table Grape Commission is the founding sponsor of The Culinary Trust's Chefs Move to Schools Grant.

For more information about The Culinary Trust or any of these programs, visit their website or email: info@theculinarytrust.org

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